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splunk universal forwarder error installation on Windowa via PowerShell


Getting this error via Power Shell for the Splunk Universall installation


Error below

The term 'C:\Program Files\SplunkUniversalForwarder\bin\splunk' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable

program. Check the spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again.

working.ps1:17 char:3


Here is how i defined my variables

$SplunkInstallationDir = "C:\Program Files\SplunkUniversalForwarder"

& "$SplunkInstallationDir\bin\splunk" start --accept-license --answer-yes --no-prompt


It works if i run manually only.  

Kindly assist

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Hi @lumi,

Although your command should work, you might try:

$SplunkInstallationDir = "C:\Program Files\SplunkUniversalForwarder"
& "$($SplunkInstallationDir)\bin\splunk.exe" start --accept-license --answer-yes --no-prompt

# or

$SplunkExe = "C:\Program Files\SplunkUniversalForwarder\bin\splunk.exe"
& $SplunkExe start --accept-license --answer-yes --no-prompt

To run "splunk start," the account should have Full Control permission on C:\Program Files\SplunkUniversalForwarder and all subdirectories and files. Ideally, the command should be executed by the service account, assuming the forwarder is also configured to run as a service.

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